The first half of 2023 has come to a close, and the Nepali market has witnessed a flurry of smartphone launches across various price segments. The market has been flooded with flagship smartphones from renowned brands worldwide, including popular Chinese manufacturers such as Xiaomi and OnePlus, leading Android players from Korea like Samsung, and the American giant Apple.
From affordable low-budget options to impressive mid-range options and top-of-the-line flagship smartphones, a wide range of phones have made their way into Nepal.
Here we have listed five flagship smartphones available in the Nepali market.
|Xiaomi 13 Pro
|Honor Magic5 Pro
|Samsung S23 Ultra
|iPhone 14 Pro
|iPhone 14 Pro Max
1. Xiaomi 13 Pro
|WQHD+ AMOLED curved LTPO display
|1440 x 3200 pixels
|MIUI 14 based on android 13
|Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform
|8GB and 12GB
|128GB, 256GB and 512GB
|Main camera: 50MP Sony IMX989, f/1.8
Ultra-wide camera: 50MP, f/2.2
Telephoto camera: 50MP, f/2.0
|32 MP, f/2.0
|4820 (typ) battery
|Proximity sensor | Ambient light sensor | Accelerometer | Gyroscope | Electronic compass | Linear motor | IR blaster | Barometer | Flicker sensor
|Ceramic white, Ceramic Black
|Rs 129,999 (12/256GB)
First on the list of flagship smartphones is Xiaomi 13 Pro which was launched in the first week of April 2023 in Nepal. The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi’s budget and mid-range smartphones are very popular in Nepal and this flagship also caught the eye of many Xiaomi users and enthusiasts.
The Xiaomi 13 Pro features a redesigned, sleek design with a pleasing curved display. It sports a 6.67-inch curved WQHD+ AMOLED display with a peak brightness of 1900 nits and a 120Hz refresh rate. Powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform, it offers two RAM variants (8GB and 12GB) and storage options (up to 12/512GB).
The highlight of the phone is its collaboration with Leica, featuring a triple camera setup with a 1-inch sensor and various photography modes. It has a 32MP front camera and supports high-quality video recording.
With a 4820mAh battery, it supports 120W wired charging and 50W wireless charging. The phone also includes LiquidCool Technology for efficient cooling and offers security features like an in-screen fingerprint sensor and AI face unlock.
It is available in two colours: ceramic white and ceramic black.
The price of the Xiaomi 13 pro in Nepal is Rs 129,999 for the 12/256GB variant.
2. OnePlus 11
|6.7-inch Super Fluid AMOLED with LTPO
|3216 x 1440
|OxygenOS 13.0 based on Android™ 13
|Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 8 Gen 2
|16MP selfie camera, F2.45
|50MP main camera, F1.8
48MP ultra-wide, F2.2
32MP telephoto camera, F2.0
|5000mAh (dual-cell 2500mAh)
|In-display fingerprint sensor
M-sensor electronic compass
Ambient light sensor
|Rs 129,999 (8/128GB)
Rs 134,999 (16/256GB)
OnePlus’s flagship smartphones are known to be the flagship killer for the features they gave in the price range. In the last couple of years, OnePlus quite lacked this phrase. But the OnePlus 11 has given some ray of hope to get this name and fame back which OnePlus once used to hold.
The OnePlus 11 5G showcases an elegant design featuring curved edges and the added protection of Gorilla Glass. Its 6.7-inch QHD+ Super Fluid AMOLED display has a 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and is available in 8GB or 16GB RAM options along with 128GB or 256GB storage capacity.
It is equipped with a triple-camera setup. Its main camera boasts a 50MP sensor, complemented by a 48MP ultra-wide lens and a 32MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. It supports 8K video recording, enabling high-quality video capture. It has a 5000mAh (dual-cell 2500mAh) battery which can be charged using the in-box 100W SUPERVOOC Power Adapter.
OnePlus 11 5G comes in two colour variants Eternal Green and Titan Black.
The prices of the OnePlus 11 5G are Rs 129,999 and 134,999 for 8/128GB and 16/256GB respectively.
3. Honor Magic5 Pro
|LTPO OLED Quad-Curved Floating Screen
|2848 × 1312
|Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
HONOR C1 RF Enhanced Chipset
Discrete Security Chipset
Discrete Display Chipset
CPU Frequency: 1×Cortex-X3 3.19GHz+2×Cortex-A715 2.8GHz+2×Cortex-A710 2.8GHz+3×Cortex-A510 2.0GHz
|MagicOS 7.1 (Based on Android 13)
|50MP Wide Main Camera (f/1.6, OIS)
50MP Ultra Wide Camera (f/2.0)
50MP Periscope Telephoto Camera (f/3.0, 3.5x Optical Zoom, 100x Digital Zoom, OIS)
|12MP Front Camera + 3D Depth Camera
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6
|66W fast wired charging
50W wireless charging
5W reverse wired
Ambient Light Sensor
|Meadow Green | Black
|Rs 164,990 (12/512GB)
Third on the list of flagship smartphones is a very recent launch from Honor. We generally do not hear much when we think about flagship smartphones from Honor, but its flagship smartphones are very popular in China and Latin America. Honor Magic5 Pro which recently launched in Nepal is also a good option for those who want to shift from the typical popular smartphones dominating the market.
The Honor Magic5 Pro stands out as a flagship smartphone with its elegant design inspired by Antoni Gaudí’s architectural style. The 6.81-inch LTPO OLED panel offers a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support, delivering vibrant and lifelike visuals.
Under the hood, the Magic5 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage ensure ample space for multitasking and storing files. The device runs on MagicOS 7.1 based on Android 13, providing a user-friendly interface.
The Honor Magic5 Pro features a triple rear camera setup, including a 50MP main camera with OIS, a 50MP ultra-wide camera, and a 50MP periscope telephoto camera supporting optical zoom. The device also offers advanced camera features and supports 4K video recording. In terms of battery life, the Honor Magic5 Pro is equipped with a 5100mAh battery.
The Honor Magic5 Pro is available in Nepal at Rs 164,990 for the 12/512GB storage option in meadow green and black colour.
4 Samsung S23 Ultra
|6.8-inch Edge QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X
|3088 x 1440
|Android 13 based on One UI 5.1
|Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform for Galaxy
|12MP selfie camera, F2.2
|12MP ultra-wide camera, F2.2
200MP wide camera, F1.7
10MP telephoto camera, F4.9
10MP telephoto camera, F2.4
|Ultrasonic fingerprint sensor
Ambient light sensor
|Rs 179,999 (12/256GB)
Rs 189,999 (12/512GB)
Samsung’s flagship smartphone for the year 2023 is the Samsung S23 Ultra. This flagship has recently got a sweet price cut in Nepal.
The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra maintains a similar design to its predecessor, the S22 Ultra, with a boxier look and a heavier feel. It has a 6.8-inch Edge QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x Infinity-O Display with a resolution of 3088 x 1440 pixels and a super bright display with a peak brightness of 1750 nits.
In terms of performance, it is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform. The phone comes in different RAM and storage variants, with options of 12/256GB and 12/512GB in Nepal.
The S23 Ultra features a primary 200MP wide camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, two 10MP telephoto cameras and a 12MP selfie camera. The phone is equipped with a 5000mAh battery and supports fast charging options, including wired and wireless charging.
The flagship recently got a price cut in both the options and now costs 179,999 and 189,999 for 12/256GB and 12/512GB versions respectively in Nepal.
5. iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max
|iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max
|iPhone 14 Pro: 147.5 x 71.5 x 7.85 mm, 206 g
iPhone 14 Pro Max: 160.7 x 77.6 x 7.85 mm, 240 g
|iPhone 14 Pro: 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR, -pixel resolution, 460ppi
iPhone 14 Pro Max: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR, 2576 x 1290-pixel resolution, 460ppi
|iPhone 14 Pro: 2556 x 1179
Phone 14 Pro Max: 2576 x 1290
|Main: 48MP, ƒ/1.78
Ultra Wide: 12MP, ƒ/2.2
Telephoto: 12MP, ƒ/1.78
|128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
|5G, Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3
|IP68 Dust & WaterProof
|Space Black, Silver, Gold, Deep Purple
The Apple flagship for 2022 the iPhone 14 Pro series made its way to Nepal quite late due to the import ban. The flagship after launch has got a sweet price cut and is favoured by many people for its performance, name and camera.
The iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are flagship devices from Apple’s iPhone 14 series. The iPhone 14 Pro sports a compact 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR display, the Pro Max takes it up a notch with a larger 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display. Both displays offer stunning visuals with HDR support, True Tone technology, and a maximum brightness of 2,000 nits.
Under the hood, both devices are powered by the powerful A16 Bionic chip. They also share a similar camera setup, featuring a 48MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide camera, and 12MP telephoto camera. In terms of memory options, both the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max offer 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB storage variants, providing ample space for storing media and files. The devices also support 5G connectivity, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.3, ensuring fast and seamless connectivity.
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So these are the flagship smartphones available in Nepal till up to July of 2023. Other flagships will soon be added to the list for the next half of 2023 like Apple’s next flagship which might launch in September mid-week and OnePlus 12 later in December.